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Resolve Simple Merge Conflicts on GitHub

You can now resolve common merge conflicts within GitHub itself.
https://github.com/blog/2293-resolve-simple-merge-conflicts-on-github

What’s New and Exciting in PHP 7.1?

A rundown of nice new features in PHP 7.1.
https://www.sitepoint.com/whats-new-and-exciting-in-php-7-1/

PHP 7 String Optimisation

If you're using PHP 7,

"hello $x"

 is faster than 

"hello " . $x

https://blog.blackfire.io/php-7-performance-improvements-encapsed-strings-optimization.html

How to Discover Your Company’s DNA

Working out what makes your organisation unique.
https://hbr.org/2016/12/how-to-discover-your-companys-dna

NIST Digital Authentication Guideline

NIST's new password guidelines no longer require character types or periodic rotation.
https://pages.nist.gov/800-63-3/sp800-63b.html#memorized-secret-verifiers

The Big Hex Machine

Massive 16-bit computer for learning how computers work.
https://bighexmachine.github.io/

JavaScript 30

Level-up your JavaScript-fu with this coding challenge - no frameworks or libraries, just vanilla JS.
https://javascript30.com

Why I Picked Node.js For My Startup

Interesting post about choosing Node.js over other options for a startup - I particularly liked "It's not cool anymore"!
https://hackernoon.com/why-i-picked-nodejs-for-my-startup-dbcc83aa5495

Donald Trump meets with tech leaders

The President-Elect meets a broad range of Silicon Valley's bigwigs...
https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/14/donald-trump-meets-with-tech-leaders/

Elon Musk and Travis Kalanick are joining Donald Trump’s strategic and policy forum

... and then adds Elon Musk (Tesla and SpaceX) and Travis Kalanick (Uber) to his strategic advisory panel.
http://www.recode.net/2016/12/14/13954102/elon-musk-travis-kalanick-donald-trump-strategic-policy-forum

Profit Sharing Boosts Employee Productivity and Satisfaction

How profit sharing actually affects employee well-being.
https://hbr.org/2016/12/profit-sharing-boosts-employee-productivity-and-satisfaction

Repositories Are Just Collections

Small but useful reminder that Symfony repositories are just collections, and can be treated as such.
http://wouterj.nl/2016/12/repositories-are-just-collections/

Turning $140k From Kickstarter Into $40k Of Debt

Lessons learned in running a business built on Kickstarter.
https://hackernoon.com/how-we-turned-140k-on-kickstarter-into-40k-in-debt-and-how-we-broke-even-1f86d80fe50f


What We've Been Watching

Finding Happiness in Functional Programming

Really interesting talk on how Kickstarter use Playground Driven Development to test their mobile apps.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0VaIKK2ijM


Tools That Interest Us

Pinq

Nice looking PHP LINQ clone.
https://github.com/TimeToogo/Pinq

Gitql

A Git query language.
https://github.com/cloudson/gitql

About the author

Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson

Steve has been programming computers since the mid-1980s and has spent the last four years principally in web development. Outside of Box UK Steve is also a hardware hacker, and has accidentally become a consultant for "Internet of Things" research and development as a result of his interest in this field.

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